Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t decorate for the holidays. Sure, you may not be able to line your roof with lights or put mechanical reindeers in your front yard, but you can still spice up the interior of your living space.
While our luxury apartments at La Maison of Saraland are certainly spacious, there’s still less square footage than that of the average house. When you have limited square footage, you have to get creative when it comes to the holidays. We can help with that. In this post, we provide some top tips for getting your apartment holiday ready.
Holiday Trees in Apartments
More often than not, the first thing that comes to mind when you think “holiday decor” is the tree. Even the smallest of apartments deserves a good Christmas tree. This might seem impossible if you have limited space, but who says your tree has to be massive? You can always opt for a smaller option, and there are many of these.
For example, if you want a tall tree that doesn’t take up too much space, there are several options for slim trees available. You can find a slim tree, real or fake, in nearly every location you would find a regular holiday tree. These trees are ideal for narrow or tight spaces, as they take up a lot less space than a full-bodied tree.
If floor space is too limited for a slim tree, consider a miniature tree. The great thing about these is that they don’t need to take up floor space. Mini trees can easily fit on a shelf, table, or countertop. And when you have one, why not have several? Scatter mini trees around your apartment if you’d like. You can put on in every room or multiple in the same room to really boost that holiday cheer.
If miniature or slim trees aren’t your thing, consider a half tree. These trees are flat on one side and full on the other, allowing them to push right up against the wall. This way, your tree is only big in the places where it’s visible, and taking up the least amount of space where it’s not. Half trees give the illusion of a full-blown Christmas tree, but won’t protrude into the room nearly as much.
For those wanting to go a less traditional route, there are alternatives to an actual tree. Consider creating a wall tree. This might be an arrangement of lights, garland, and ornaments in the shape of a tree on the wall. You could also arrange a selection of holiday cards or decor in the shape of a triangle to give the illusion of a tree. We recommend using Command strips to hang your wall tree so as not to damage or leave holes in the wall.
Another great way to add holiday cheer to your apartment is to bring those string lights inside. Whether you prefer yellow, white, or multicolored lights, hanging them around your apartment can help bring that festive feel to the air. They take up little to no space, and can go virtually anywhere. Hang them along the walls or drape them around windows, mirrors, or wall art. String them along kitchen countertops or doorways. You could even line the floor with them. Be careful though, once you hang them up, you may never want to take them back down!
Holiday Decorations Theme
Having a theme is totally optional, but it might help when choosing decorations. It also assists in tying your decorating scheme together. You might base your theme around style, color, or classic holiday icons.
For style, consider what your apartment already looks like. If you’re more of a minimalist, over-the-top decorations might seem out of place. It may help to find holiday decor that ties in with the style that you’ve already established. It may be that your apartment carries a casual, minimal, rustic, or sophisticated feel. Luckily, there are holiday decorations out there that can align with just about any style. Find what works for you and use it.
Another fun idea for a theme is to base your decor on color. Of course, red and green is always an option, and there’s an abundance of those colors at this time of year. However, the color scheme is entirely up to you. All you need to do is be consistent with the colors and everything will come together beautifully. Some other options for color schemes include all white, silver and blue, red and silver, red and gold, green and silver, or any other combination of these colors.
Choosing a holiday icon to base your holiday theme around can simplify decorating quite a bit. These icons may be anything that stands out to you when it comes to the holidays. Santa, elves, snowflakes, trees, nutcrackers, reindeer, and snowmen are a few ideas. This doesn’t mean you are specifically limited to one icon and decoration only. But if you have one in mind, it might make picking out decorations easier since you already know what it is you’re looking for.
We all know the old adage about stockings hung above the chimney (or fireplace) with care. However, most apartments don’t have this feature, and that’s okay! There are several places you can hang your stockings from. If you buy some paperweights or stocking holders, you can dangle them from places like window sills, countertops, shelves, or even bookcases. You can also hang them on the walls if you’d like.
Holiday Decor: The Finishing Touches
To really complete the look, consider adding a few simple final touches. A holiday blanket or white throw draped over the couch can add another dimension of festivity to your apartment without taking up too much space. Adding some pine cones or garland here and there can be just the finishing touch you need to tie the place together. You can also hang a wreath on your door or a mistletoe above the doorway to really go that extra mile!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from La Maison of Saraland!
At La Maison of Saraland, we want to make you feel at home during this holiday season. If you’re looking for a place to cozy up for the winter, check out our luxury apartments in the Mobile, AL area. Contact us today to learn more about our beautiful community and schedule a tour with us! You can call us at (251) 299-0378 or check our availability here.